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Mental Illness Awareness Week

Each year, millions of Americans face the reality of living with a mental health condition. However, mental illness affects everyone directly or indirectly through family, friends or coworkers. Despite mental illnesses’ reach and prevalence, stigma and misunderstanding are also, unfortunately, widespread.

That is why each year, during the first week of October, NAMI and participants across the country raise awareness of mental illness. Each year, we educate the public, fight stigma and provide support. And each year, our movement grows stronger.

We believe that mental health conditions are important to discuss year-round, but highlighting them during Mental Illness Awareness Week provides a dedicated time for mental health advocates across the country to come together as one unified voice. Since 1990, when Congress officially established the first full week of October as Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW), advocates have worked together to sponsor activities, large or small, to educate the public about mental illness.

This year, NAMI has decided to focus our attention on five mental health conditions in need of better public understanding and stigma-busting. Learn more about the conditions we’re highlighting by clicking below:

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
Borderline Personality Disorder
Dual Diagnosis
Depression
Schizophrenia & Psychosis

Help ensure that no one is alone on their mental health journey. Help provide a national network of support and resources online and across the country.
StigmaFree
Take the StigmaFree Pledge
Take the pledge to learn more about mental lllness, to see a person for who they are and take action on mental health issues.
Share your story
Share Your Experience
Sharing your story about your experience helps challenge ideas about mental illness and is a great way to encourage others to talk about what they’re experiencing.
Start a discussion
Start a Discussion
Join others to discuss mental health conditions and related issues in a secure, safe NAMI environment to share with others, to learn and to find support.
Learn more
Learn the Facts!
Millions of Americans are affected by mental health conditions every year. Educate yourself and others on the facts.
Graphics and resources
Graphics and Images
Share graphics and resources for print or Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to promote awareness.
Social media messages
Social Media Messages
Share messages to raise awareness for mental health conditions throughout the year.
Advocacy
Advocate for Mental Health
Talk to your politicians about the importance of mental health. Share NAMI priorities. Take action.
NAMI Store
NAMI Store
Purchase NAMI apparel, guides, materials and resources.
Community leadership
Get Your Community Involved
Make a change in your local community by being an advocate for mental health awareness. Read about how you can work with your community.
NAMIWalks
Join a NAMIWalks Team
As NAMIWalks celebrates our 13th Anniversary in 2015, we are changing how Americans view mental illness. Join us as we improve lives and our communities one step at a time.
College Guide
Starting the Conversation
This guide offers both parents and students the opportunity to learn more about mental health conditions and what you can do.
Personal fundraising
Create a Fundraising Campaign
Creating a DIY fundraising page with NAMI is a fun, interactive way to support our cause.